Posted: 5:18 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
By Ian Cuevas
It was an exciting weekend in college football, thanks to a couple of close calls, a few minor upsets and a controversial call in the Arizona State-Wisconsin game. After it was all said and done, our writers had some interesting decisions to make in their ballots.
Check out where teams landed for week four in LGHL's top 25 poll:
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||--|
|2||Ohio State Buckeyes||--|
|7||Florida State Seminoles||--|
|10||Oklahoma State Cowboys||2|
|12||South Carolina Gamecocks||1|
|13||Texas A&M; Aggies||5|
|20||Ole Miss Rebels||--|
|21||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||--|
|24||Texas Tech Red Raiders||--|
|25||Arizona State Sun Devils||--|
Receiving votes: Florida, Fresno State, Michigan State, Nebraska
Dropped: Nebraska (19), Florida (22), TCU (24)
1-5: There was no change among the top five, with Alabama coming off of an impressive 49-42 win over Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M;, getting their revenge from last years loss. The Crimson Tide move on to Colorado State next week in what should be an easy game. Ohio State went on the road to face the California Golden Bears, without star quarterback Braxton Miller. It was no problem for Kenny Guiton however, as he led the Buckeyes to 52-34 beating, highlighted by a deep 90-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive to Devin Smith. Guiton went 21/32 for 276 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Oregon pounded the Tennessee Volunteers with ease, 59-14 in a game where the first half was already a blowout when the Ducks led 38-7. Clemson got the week off with a BYE, and will face a 2-0 team in N.C. State this Thursday night. On the road against the Wolfpack will bring plenty of challenges from a team that upset an undefeated Florida State team last year. Stanford had a tougher than expected time with Army, but was finally able to put the Black Knights away 34-20, in large part to running back Tyler Gaffney who had 132 yards and 1 touchdown on 20 carries.
6-10: LSU and Florida State remain unchanged at the sixth and seventh spot after the Tigers dominated Kent State 45-13 behind Mettenberger's arm and Hill's legs. Their next game comes against the Auburn Tigers on Saturday. Florida State and redshirt freshman Jameis Winston had no problem shutting down Nevada, in a 62-7 blowout. The Seminoles should get another easy win when they take on Bethune-Cookman this week.
Georgia moves up a spot thanks to Texas A&M; dropping, but got off with a BYE. Their next game comes against North Texas. Louisville and Oklahoma State enter the top ten after the Cardinals were a little slow out of the gate, but were able to finish off Kentucky 27-13 behind a 16/28, 250-yard performance from Teddy Bridgewater. The Cowboys got an easy win against Lamar, in a 59-3 rout.
11-15: Michigan barely escaped thanks to a goal-line stand against the Akron Zips, at the Big House. Devin Gardner had four turnovers, and the Wolverines were lucky to end the game with a win, 28-24. South Carolina was able to bounce back after their loss to Georgia, and overcame a late rally by Vanderbilt to win a close game, 35-25.
As we mentioned before, the Aggies drop to the 13th spot in our poll after losing against the top ranked Crimson Tide. Manziel went 28/39 for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns but also threw two interceptions. Oklahoma doesn't move up or down this week after a solid showing against Tulsa in a 51-30 victory. Backup quarterback Blake Bell tossed four touchdowns in the lopsided game. Miami got the week off with a BYE, after a tough defensive game and upset against the Florida Gators.
16-20: Northwestern inches up the top 25 poll to 16th after having no problems with Western Michigan in a solid 38-17 performance. The Wildcats move to 3-0 on the season and face off against Maine in their next game. Baylor had the week off with a BYE, which seems to be a theme this week from multiple teams.
UCLA beat Nebraska 41-21 after rallying from 18 points down to take two straight against the Cornhuskers after their win last year. Quarterback Brett Hundley went 16/24 for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns to help move the Bruins to 2-0 on the season. Washington overcame Illinois 34-24 thanks to a great performance from quarterback Keith Price who went 28/35 for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ole Miss took care of business against Texas 44-23, and the Rebels make their first appearance in the LGHL top 25 this season at a 3-0 record.
21-25: Notre Dame doesn't move up but is lucky not to move down this week after a fantastic 4th quarter showing, where they scored 21 of their 31 total points. The Fighting Irish were able to stop a brewing upset 31-24, from the Purdue Boilermakers. Arizona faced off against UTSA and came out with a 38-13 victory as they breezed into a 3-0 record. Their next game against Washington should show us who wants it more in the Pac-12 match up.
Wisconsin plummets down eight spots to 23rd, but there was a lot of different spots from the writers as they tried to decide where the Badgers should land after their heart-breaking 32-30 loss to Arizona State. What would have been a manageable game-winning field goal turned into a time management disaster in what turned into a massively controversial ending. Texas Tech improved to 3-0 after upsetting TCU 20-10 under Kliff Kingsbury and makes their first appearance into the LGHL top 25, along with Arizona State who had the win over Wisconsin this weekend.